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How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:51

I have had clems disappear in the border for 2 or 3 years and then come back which is why I never give up on them and now plant new ones in pots to grow on for a season at least.

I often plant 2 together to get contrasting flowers but it's important to make sure they are from the same pruning group as it's impossible to separate the stems. eg I have Omoshiro and Westerplatte together and Huldine with Mme Julia Correvon and Nelly Moser with Ravarhinne.


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:38

Hosta - why not load your pics into Photobucket or similar so you can share links instead?

Pat E - drones are used by estate agents now to sell houses - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/media/160621%20House/P200015130789_zpsgkxgjezg.jpg.html?sort=2&o=17 Tdreading today's vote and outcome which seems like it will be very close.  I do hope you lot get it righthis is our pile in late April/early May.  

Love the Mexican flag initiative in Scotland.   I hope loads more people take it up.

Quietly dreading today's vote as it seems so close.  Can't believe how badly informed so many people are nor how short-sighted and deceitful and personal glory grasping are so many politicians nor how the media have behaved.  Not exactly a lot of investigative, unbiased, analytical journalism going on.

Whatever the result things are going to be messy in the aftermath.  I just hope you've voted for the future and not the past.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 23:14

Glad to help.  I love clems.   Bought seed of 4 new (to me) ones at Chelsea and will be collecting seed from tmy own clems to see what I get.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 22:59

The only root protection I use is an inverted terracotta plant pot with the bottom knocked out.  Stops OH hoeing and decapitating my treasured clems.  

Other than that, I have plants at their feet so no need for slates and so on.   The ones I have  growing on in  pots are kept out of full sun and have a mulch of chipped bark to help keep the roots cool.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:20

Polish Spirit is a group 3 so should flower this year on this year's growth.   I would give it a tonic of liquid tomato food now to help it along and a few wildlife friendly slug pellets as it looks very juicy so a  slug magnet.

Every spring, in March, cut it back to the ground and give it a generous handful of specialist clematis food or slow release rose or tomato food.   It will regrow and flower again on the new stems, especially if you can train them horizontally or diagonally to increase flowering vigour..

Plant ID, Rose

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 16:07

Peter Beales do list the Violette so check out their website and see if you recognise the other.

If you're looking for a white rambler there are many to choose from - Kiftsgate, Wedding Day, Rambling Rector are all once flowering classics and can get huge.

I would suggest you also look at the newer repeat flowering rambling roses such as Phyllis Bide, Lady of the Lake, The Albrighton Rambler or if space is limited, Snow Goose.   They are all perfumed and from David Austin, bare-rooted or in pots.

Disappointing daisies

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 15:51

Ideally plants like this should be lifted and divided every 3 years which lets you keep the vigorous newer stuff and bin the tired, woody, non flowering parts.  You will end up with spares you can plant elsewhere or use to increase the size of your clump or swap with friends.

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 14:07

They like to go very deep so tall, medium width pots are better than short, wide ones.   My clematis supplier sells his in pots 2.5 to 3 times as deep as they are wide.

Sometimes you just have to use common sense when potting on clems and roses which like deep root runs.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 14:01

The Beechgrove Garden (BBC2 Sunday mornings) produces fact sheets which summarise programme content.   The one for June 9th includes veggies in containers - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/module_uploads/2/Factsheet_2016_-_prog_11.pdf 

There'll be more in earlier fact sheets for this year but previous years are also available - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/factsheets to browse through.

Google will bring up all sorts of plans for making containers and troughs, eg - http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-planter-box-plans-designs-ideas/ 


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:29

Good film Clari.

FG - I've just been out to buy some mew cough mixture.  Different brand, different formula so I hope it works better.

Been busy doing admin for the dance club all morning but now I'm off outside to pot and potter.

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